Mercy Children's Hospital Gives Life-Saving Care to Nigerian Boy

August 17, 2010


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A rare and aggressive form of cancer is attacking Terkimbir Kachina's kidney.  His only hope for survival was a pediatric oncologist at St. John's Children's Hospital, Dr. Rob Hanson. The doctors in his home country of Nigeria do not have the tools or technology to help him.

Since arriving in St. Louis, Dr. Hanson removed a kidney and is now pumping intensive chemotherapy through the toddler. It still allows him to play while receiving the life-saving drugs.

Terkimbir's family borrowed the equivalent of several years' income from the bank to make the trip.  Now doctors are curing him pro-bono and Terkimbir's prognosis is now positive.

There will be little follow-up care available toTerkimbir but doctors say they have to trust that they've done everything they can to make sure the cancer never returns.

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